Michaud Calls For Maine To Cut Heating Oil Usage 

YARMOUTH, Maine (AP) – Maine Democratic gubernatorial candidate Mike Michaud is calling for the state to cut heating oil usage in half with a plan that involves mandatory energy ratings for new homes and initiatives to promote wind power and solar panels.

The Democratic congressman detailed his energy policy on Tuesday at a news conference in Yarmouth celebrating Earth Day.

Michaud says his plan to help towns and residents install new technology serves the dual purpose of cutting energy usage while reducing environmental impacts.

He’s also calling for the state to cut its heating oil usage in half by 2030.

Michaud is in a three-person race with Republican Gov. Paul LePage and independent candidate Eliot Culter.

LePage has criticized solar and wind energy policies and says Maine must reduce its high energy costs.